So Fresh and So Tingly: Peppermint Oil’s Hair and Scalp Benefits

If you enjoy the soothing feeling of mint tea or a throat lozenge, it’s not hard to imagine peppermint’s stimulating effects on your hair and scalp.  Just like your throat, your scalp can can suffer from inflammation.  Peppermint oil, which is a cross between watermint and speariment, improves scalp conditions and your hair’s overall health.

The Benefits

Itchy scalp and dandruff relief

You scalp’s health and wellbeing is contingent on maintaining its unique pH balance.  This balance can be thrown off easliy by stress, harsh weather conditions, or harmful ingredients.  Peppermint oil has restorative properties for returning your scalp to its natural pH levels.  This pH balancing effect helps reduce dryness and flakiness, which is usually the cause of itchiness and dandruff.

Antiseptic Qualities

Peppermint oil is a natural antiseptic agent, which means it bolsters your scalp’s health by clearing out dead skin and bacteria.

Oily scalp relief

Although it is indeed an oil, peppermint oil’s pH balancing effects can help return you scalp to its normal level of oil, or sebum, production.  Getting your hair to its normal oil level can help relieve range of ailments, like acne.  Also, a normal level of oil production creates the right conditions for hair growth.  Which bring us to our next point…

Hair Growth

To strengthen your roots and encourage growth, it’s important to promote oxygenation, which happens through blood circulation.  Peppermint oil promotes circulation better than almost any natural ingredient.  With that in mind, it’s effective at stimulating hair growth.


It might go without saying, but peppermint oil has a lovely, wintery smell.  It’s no wonder the essential oil is used so often as an ingredient in aromatherapy.

How to Use it

  1. First, make sure your hair is clean.  This usually means washing at least once a week, preferably with your favorite natural shampoo.
  2. Condition your hair to clean your scalp and give it the moisture it needs to get the most out of peppermint oil.
  3. Always DILUTE the peppermint oil in water, since it’s potent stuff.  You usually want 3-5 drops of the oil per cup of water.
  4. Combine peppermint oil with other essential oils of your choice (see below for some ideas).
  5. Part your hair and comb it a bit.
  6. Mix the oils in your palm and massage them evenly into your scalp.

Mixing Peppermint Oil

Using essential oils can be fun and effective when you mix them together.  You can combine peppermint oil with a variety of other essential oils, or a carrier oil.

Here are a few great peppermint oils mixes.  You can learn more about these other EO’s and carrier oils here.

Peppermint and Jojoba Oil

Jojoba compliments peppermint oil with its supportive effects on hair growth and dandruff relief.  Together, they do great work.

Peppermint with Almond Oil

Almond oil fixes split ends and improves overall hair heath.  Combined with the antispetic effects of peppermint oil, great mix is produced for hair revitalization.

Peppermint with Basil Oil

Both basil and peppermint oils are long known for encouraging hair growth.  Since both increase blood flow in the scalp, combining the two produces unmatched circulatory effects.

Peppermint with Your Favorite Organic Shampoo

As with most essential oils, peppermint oil can be used to enhance your organic shampoo.  Just add a drop or two to a palm full of suds, and massage into your hair.

Peppermint  with a Green Tea Rinse

The clarifying effects of green tea, and the antiseptic benefits peppermint oil, can really help with clearing out your scalp.    First brew a cup of natural, preservative-free green tea.  Combine the tea with 4-5 drops of peppermint oil.  It might go without saying, but make sure the tea is not boiling hot when you pour it on your head!

How to Make Peppermint Oil

If you’re up to the task, making peppermint oil can be a fun and straightforward DIY project.   Here is a helpful video from Ways & How:

To summarize, here are the tools and ingredients you’ll need.  Also, remember to think ahead: the process takes 2-3 days.

  • Peppermint (~1 bunch; fresh-picked or store-bought)
  • Wooden mallet or mortar and pestel
  • Cheese cloth
  • Glass jar with a tigh-fitting lid
  • Carrier oil like almond, jojoba, or wheat germ oil.

The Top 5 Peppermint Oil Brands

For those feeling a bit lazier (and who can blame you!), here are the top peppermint oil brands:

1.  Mountain Rose Herbs

The Eugene, Oregon-based company truly celebrates sustainability and high quality natural products.  Everything they produce is certified organic, and their ingredients are ethically harvested to make sure supplies aren’t depleted.  Their essential oils are loved by their customers.

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2. Vitacost 100% Pure Peppermint Oil

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3. Now Foods, Peppermint Oil

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4.  Garden and Green Peppermint 100% Pure Essential Oil

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5.  Plant Therapy Peppermint Essential Oil

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